At least not smart in a way that I find admirable, inspiring or fun.
I do say that her ego and her attitude is a part of who she is. It's a part of who everyone is....
and, in her case, it helps her to be successful with her fans in what she does.
Yeah, I get it. At this point I'm just babbling to avoid work. But I guess what rubs me so wrong about that blog post, which other people found touching because they relate to different parts of it, is she's cashing in on the fan relationship. She's using a personal comment from a fan who was moved by her work to promote herself--and I think that very much cheapens the connections that can be made between artists and fans/viewers, et. al., the very connections that she says she's championing. I think it's also at the heart of why getting local musicians to play for free was distasteful to so many people: she's cashing in on that emotional currency. It's gross. I get that a lot of fans don't mind and some people are thrilled to be a part of her "big noise," but it's still exploitative and it uses that fan's enthusiasm for profit.
I also get that the exploitation goes both ways, most obviously in the large-scale theft of music that goes on. But I still find it gross.
It reminds me of quote from Lester Bangs in Psychotic Reactions, where he says, (I paraphrase): Don't read authors who don't respect you.
And...(and I really don't mean this in the snotty way that it might sound)...it doesn't really matter what YOU think. It doesn't matter what I think either. We're on the outside of this looking in. The new paradigm enables Amanda Palmer to establish a direct relationship with her fans. The ones who want to participate choose to participate, and it's up to them to mediate the terms of the relationship and to decide if they're getting what they want out of the relationship. You may find how it works to be icky or distasteful or inauthentic or cheesy or hippy-dippy or whatever...but so what? It's not about you.
That's the lesson for artists here. It's about their ability to connect and engage their fans directly. It's about focusing on those who "get it" and nurturing that connection...rather than wasting time and energy on those who don't "get it" and never will.